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Reasons to use our Bourne End conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 The practices listed on our web pages have a variation of conveyancing practitioners, legal executives and support staff handling over one hundred thousand cases annually.
  • 2 Bourne End property lawyers will be familiar with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents
  • 3 There is a better than average chance that the the lawyers for the other party are located in Bourne End - if so sets of solicitors will be familiar
  • 4 We are the UKs largest domestic conveyancing directory listing bank approved property lawyers delivering conveyancing in Bourne End governed by the SRA or CLC.
  • 5 Regardless other lawyers say it may be important to visit your lawyer to sign legal papers. There are enough parties engaged in a conveyancing transaction without needing to include the postman into the pot.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bourne End since August 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bourne End

I own a freehold residence in Bourne End but still pay rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in Bourne End and has limited impact for conveyancing in Bourne End but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of new rentcharges post 1977.

Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence post 2037 is to be dispensed with completely.

I have just over seventy years unexpired on my lease and need a lease extension for my apartment in Bourne End. Conveyancing solicitors on the Nationwide Building Society panel can deal with such extensions right?

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are securing a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 27/11/2022 the requirements read as follows :

- Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 55 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period is less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 55 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial, etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined)
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Any lease which is subject to a Ground Rent (or Annual Rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis
- Any lease which is subject to a Ground Rent (or Annual Rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- A lease subject to a peppercorn Ground Rent (Annual Rent) charges

For the avoidance of doubt, any New Build properties completed but not sold pre-30 June 2022 will only be acceptable if the Lease conforms to the above guidance.

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years.

Lease Extensions

We require all Lease Extensions to be completed under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and to meet the above criteria as a minimum. Where you become aware that it does not meet these requirements, please refer to Issuing Office.

The formalities of my purchase has taken place for my property in Bourne End. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I feel I should register my dissatisfaction about the lender. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?

Almost all lenders have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Services Team at head office. Ordinarily complaints to a lender are resolved effectively and efficiently. If you feel the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service who will take matters further.

I recently had an offer agreed on a house in Bourne End. My financial adviser suggested a conveyancer. I paid an on account payment of £225. Not long after, the conveyancer called me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the HSBC panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

Clydesdale have agreed my home loan in principle, my offer on a house in Bourne End has been accepted, what are the next steps?

The property agent will need to be informed of your lawyer's details (ensure that the conveyancing practitioners are on the bank’s panel). Contact Clydesdale or the financial adviser and finalise any outstanding forms. Clydesdale will appoint a valuer who will get in contact with the estate agent or vendor to book a slot for the valuation to happen. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about a fortnight for the mortgage offer to be issued. Clydesdale will send the offer to you and your conveyancers. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Bourne End.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified during conveyancing in Bourne End?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the process of conveyancing in Bourne End. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

Over the last few months I have been searching for a leasehold apartment up to £245,000 and found one close by in Bourne End I like with open areas and railway links nearby, however it's only got 49 years on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Bourne End suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a short lease?

Should you need a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term will be problematic. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing proprietor has owned the premises for at least 2 years you could request that they start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor about this.

Do you have any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Bourne End with the purpose of expediting the sale process?

  • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Bourne End can be bypassed where you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ conveyancers.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are resolved before the property is marketed. The buyers and their solicitors will be concerned about purchasing a property where there is a current dispute. You may have to bite the bullet and discharge any arrears of service charge or settle the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose particulars of the dispute to the buyers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as historic as opposed to unresolved. The majority of freeholders or managing agents in Bourne End levy fees for providing management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should find out the fee that they propose to charge. The management pack can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Bourne End. If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you hold the original share certificate. Obtaining a re-issued share certificate is often a time consuming formality and delays many a Bourne End home move. If a new share certificate is necessary, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (if applicable) for this at the earliest opportunity. Some Bourne End leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this applies to your lease, you should place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain bank and professional references. The bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is financially capable of paying the annual service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their lawyers.

Bourne End Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Questions you should ask Prior to buying

    Best to be warned whether a new roof is being put on or some other major work is coming up to be shared between the leasehold owners and could well dramatically impact the level of the service charges or necessitate a one off invoice. How is the lease structured?

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bourne End regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Bourne End but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Allsquare Legal Limited, Suite 1, Thamesbourne Lodge, Station Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5QH
  • Birchwood Solicitors Limited, First Floor, Bourne House, Cores End Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5AR
  • Number One Legal Ltd, The May House, Widmoor, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 0JG
  • Buchanans Solicitors, Swains House, Swains Lane, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9BN
  • Moorcrofts Llp, Thames House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1PB

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Bourne End

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Bourne End practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Leasehold Valuation Tribunal proceedings

  • Allsquare Legal Limited, Suite 1, Thamesbourne Lodge, Station Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5QH
  • Birchwood Solicitors Limited, First Floor, Bourne House, Cores End Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5AR
  • Buchanans Solicitors, Swains House, Swains Lane, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9BN
  • Gordons Solicitors Limited, Winter Hill House, Marlow Reach, Station Approach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1NT
  • Louise Greer, 43 Switchback Road North, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7QX

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bourne End regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bourne End specialising in commercial conveyancing in Bourne End. This could include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Allsquare Legal Limited, Suite 1, Thamesbourne Lodge, Station Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5QH
  • Birchwood Solicitors Limited, First Floor, Bourne House, Cores End Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5AR
  • Moorcrofts Llp, Thames House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1PB
  • Gordons Solicitors Limited, Winter Hill House, Marlow Reach, Station Approach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1NT
  • Louise Greer, 43 Switchback Road North, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7QX

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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